Annual ed pain mgt nonclinical staff.09.10

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Annual ed pain mgt nonclinical staff.09.10

  1. 1. What Is Pain ? Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage , or described in terms such as damage. *International Association for the Study of Pain
  2. 2. Age-specific Pain Expressions <ul><li>People of Different Ages Show Pain in Different Ways </li></ul><ul><li>A baby might show pain by crying or getting very stiff/rigid </li></ul><ul><li>A young child might pull away from adults or cry </li></ul><ul><li>A teenager might not admit pain to other teenagers </li></ul><ul><li>but might have changes in sleep or eating behavior </li></ul><ul><li>An adult might tell another adult about the pain, </li></ul><ul><li>or show decreased movement or changes in posture </li></ul><ul><li>An older adult might think that being a good patient means </li></ul><ul><li>not admitting any pain </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Do Our Hospitals Do About Patient's Pain? <ul><li>The nurses and doctors assess and reassess each patient's pain </li></ul><ul><li>The nurses ask each patient in pain to set a goal for themselves, </li></ul><ul><li>to help us understand what level of pain or discomfort they </li></ul><ul><li>can accept on that particular day </li></ul><ul><li>The entire team of professionals who treat the patient </li></ul><ul><li>understand that patient's pain goal and do their part to assist. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Help Decrease Untreated Pain <ul><li>Patients whose pain is not well controlled tend to have a higher risk of complications, such as pneumonia & blood clots. </li></ul><ul><li>Unrelieved pain may prevent the patient from carrying out normal daily activities and can result in fatigue, depression & anger. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Many Patients Do Not Complain About Pain <ul><li>The belief that pain is an expected part of their condition, or the </li></ul><ul><li>aging process (it is not). </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of becoming addicted to drugs. </li></ul><ul><li>The belief that they will bother the staff or be thought of as a </li></ul><ul><li>complainer. </li></ul><ul><li>Fear that pain means they will soon die or become disabled. </li></ul><ul><li>Dementia or confusion may prevent a patient from being able to </li></ul><ul><li>communicate clearly. </li></ul><ul><li>If you feel that the person is in pain, Ask! </li></ul>
  6. 6. You Can Help <ul><li>Pain is subjective </li></ul><ul><li>Believe every patient </li></ul><ul><li>Never judge a patient’s pain </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone’s responses to pain are different </li></ul><ul><li>Always remember the most reliable judge of the patient’s pain is the patient. </li></ul><ul><li>If a patient complains, or has a change in behavior, </li></ul><ul><li>let the nurse know right away! </li></ul>
  7. 7. You’re Important Unrelieved pain has devastating effects on your patients. By being watchful for possible signs of pain & helping the patient to receive quick & effective treatment , you have greatly improved that patient’s health & quality of life. You’re The Best You Can Make a Difference
  8. 8. How Well Are We Doing? <ul><li>Are we treating our patient’s pain? </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, No, Maybe, Sometimes…? </li></ul><ul><li>Our patients tell us in a survey </li></ul><ul><li>Your manager knows the results </li></ul><ul><li>Ask your manager </li></ul><ul><li>More Info  better treatment </li></ul>

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